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How to Restore an iPad to Factory Default

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How to Restore the iPad to "Out of the Box" Status
iTunes Restore to Factory Default

The process of restoring an iPad to factory default settings allows you to transfer the iPad to a new owner without any of your data remaining on the device. It can also be a great troubleshooting step for an iPad with frequent problems. The wipe and restore of the factory default settings can clean out any corrupted data on the iPad, which can fix some problems.

You can restore an iPad to factory settings using iTunes by following these steps:

  1. Connect the iPad to your PC or Mac using a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes on your computer. (It may automatically open when you plug your iPad into your PC or Mac.)
  3. The iPad will show up under the devices tab on the left side of the screen. Click on your iPad. Make sure you are clicking on the name of the iPad with the battery icon to the right of it as shown in the image at the top of this article.
  4. Click on the "Restore" button highlighted in the image above.
  5. iTunes will prompt you to back up your iPad. Even if you have recently synced your iPad, go ahead and choose "Back up" from the dialog box. It's always best to be safe when dealing with your data.
  6. iTunes will confirm that you really want to restore it to the factory default settings. Choose "Restore and Update".
  7. The process will take a few minutes during which the iPad will reboot. Once it is finished, the iPad will appear the same as when you first received it. The data has been erased and it is no longer tied to your iTunes account. If you are performing the restore as a troubleshooting step, you can now set up the iPad for use.

Did You Know: You can restore your iPad to factory default settings through the iPad settings without connecting it to iTunes?

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